2020-11-02: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-02). No Letup in US War on Iran by Other Means Ahead. globalresearch.ca On all things Iran under both right wings of the US war party, transforming the country into a subservient vassal state is a high priority. | Regardless of whether Republicans or Dems control the White House and/or Congress, things won't change …

Staff (2020-11-02). "We Never Made It to the Polls": Police in North Carolina Pepper-Spray Voting March, Arresting Eight. democracynow.org Police in Alamance County in North Carolina pepper-sprayed a peaceful get-out-the-vote march Saturday, descending on the crowd after they stopped near a Confederate monument to kneel in honor of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis in May. Viral videos of the violent police action show officers in riot gear attacking the marchers, including young children and elderly people, who had intended to walk to a polling place on the last day of early voting in North Carolina. At least eight people were arrested, including march organizer Rev. Greg Drumwright, who says police gave the crowd of hundreds on…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-02). Amid increased violence, Colombians mobilize in defense of life and peace. peoplesdispatch.org Mobilizations to demand an end to escalating violence in Colombia against social movements and political activists have intensified in recent days. Social movements have converged in the Cauca department as part of a Humanitarian Caravan, while ex-combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), today part of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force party, have been marching in the Pilgrimage for Life and Peace. Organizations are demanding that the government take measures to stop the increase in violence and protect the life and integrity of citizens. | Humanitarian Caravan for Life and Def…

Max Abrahms (2020-11-02). France at knifepoint as IS, Al-Qaeda incite new terrorist wave. thealtworld.com Current wave of terrorism in France is reminiscent of recent attacks when IS had caliphate in Syria and Iraq, says professor Max Abrahms | France is believed to be facing a new terrorist threat, similar to the attacks that hit the European country in 2015 and 2016. Some groups representing Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda exploit the outrage over controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. | In October, the country saw several attacks that pushed the government to raise the nationwide terror alert level to maximum. The new terror alert level comes just as France goes into a second national lockdown that…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-02). Turning White House Into a 'Fortress'? Federal Agents to Install 'Non-Scalable' Fence Just Before Election Day. commondreams.org "Does this feel like preparation for a peaceful transfer of power?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Heidi Shierholz (2020-11-02). Thanks to Mitch McConnell, 30 Million Workers Head Into Election Day Unnecessarily Hurting. commondreams.org It is both cruel and terrible economics that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate last Tuesday with no COVID relief. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Collier Freedom Movement (2020-11-02). Monday 11/2: America Is On The Ballot: Indian Country Unites to Vote. indybay.org Online event…

Staff (2020-11-02). Police Pepper-Spray Marchers Heading to the Polls in North Carolina. truthout.org Police in Alamance County in North Carolina pepper-sprayed a peaceful get-out-the-vote march Saturday, descending on the crowd after they stopped near a Confederate monument to kneel in honor of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis in May. Viral videos of the violent police action show officers in riot gear attacking the marchers, including young children and elderly people, who had intended to walk to a polling place on the last day of early voting in North Carolina. At least eight peop…

Uriel Araujo (2020-11-02). Chinese Presence in the Caribbean, New Global Power Encroaching on US Hegemony? globalresearch.ca Many analysts have been closely watching the growth of Chinese naval power and its increasing presence across both the Indian and Pacific oceans, collectively known as the …

sputniknews (2020-11-01). Cuteness Overload: Bunch of Adorable Kittens Chill on the Floor. sputniknews.com Everybody knows that cats are awesome companions and they can bring peace and happiness to their human friends, showing how cool it is to do nothing – with all of their feline experience.

_____ (2020-11-01). How South Korea's Intelligence Service Quietly Pushes Peace Talks. popularresistance.org Tensions between the two Koreas escalated again last month after a South Korean fisheries official, possibly attempting to defect, was shot dead by North Korean army troops after he swam across their disputed maritime border known as the Northern Limit Line. | A shocked President Moon Jae-in, who has made engagement with North Korea the centerpiece of his administration, demanded an explanation. Some US "experts" boldly predicted that North Korea had killed off Moon's peace initiative. | Within days, however, the tables were turned. On September 25th, Kim made an unprecedented public apology to South Korea for th…

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-11-01). Why third world workers were worst hit by the pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Advanced countries have been more open-handed in fiscal support for their economies, in particular for workers, while Third World countries have been extremely niggardly, not necessarily out of choice (except in the case of India)…

Dharna Noor (2020-11-01). The Most Important Climate Ballot Initiatives to Watch on Election Day. zcomm.org This election is full of existential choices from President to crucial races for the Senate and House. There are also a number of important state and local ballot initiatives and referendums that will influence our ability to preserve the biosphere…

VOTER (2020-11-01). Green Party and Peace & Freedom Party Endorsements. indybay.org Here is info on endorsements by the Green Party and the Peace & Freedom Party for President, for the State Propositions, and for local races and measures:…

teleSUR (2020-10-31). Colombia: 3 Killed in New Massacre Reported in Cauca. telesurenglish.net Indepaz reported this Saturday the new massacre, which already adds up to 70 in 2020 in the Andean nation. | Two women and a man were killed in a rural area of the municipality of Mercaderes, department of Cauca, in southwestern Colombia, where six months ago they killed community leader Alvaro Daza and three of his relatives. | RELATED: | The Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz) reported this Sat…

_____ (2020-10-31). The Threat of Peace… Why America Needs War With Russia and How To Stop It. strategic-culture.org

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-31). The US Alliance with India: Bipartisan Issue of Strategic Importance. globalresearch.ca The US' alliance with India will remain a mainstay of its grand strategy regardless of who wins next week's elections since it's a bipartisan issue of the highest importance for its permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state"). | ***…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-31). Why are care workers across India protesting? peoplesdispatch.org A.R. Sindhu, General Secretary of All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers, talks about the issues faced by care workers and why they have launched a fresh wave of struggles…

_____ (2020-10-31). Peace Organizations Win Fight For Records On Explosives At Naval Base. popularresistance.org Washington – On August 31, 2020, Judge Ronald B. Leighton ordered the release of eleven records that the Navy had provided to Plaintiffs in 2012 in the course of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) lawsuit that were sealed later in 2012 in a secret court hearing. Judge Leighton also lifted a gag order imposed upon Plaintiffs over seven years ago. | Following the ruling by Judge Leighton, on October 23, 2020, Judge Thomas S. Zilly in the U.S. District Court in Tacoma ordered the Navy to pay legal fees incurred by two peace…

Newsclick (2020-10-31). Defense agreement with US is a blow to India's strategic autonomy. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha analyzes the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which was signed between India and the United States during the recent 2+2 ministerial dialogue in New Delhi…

South Front (2020-10-30). Video: Neo-Ottoman Nights of Armenian-Azerbaijani War. globalresearch.ca Turkish Sultan-in-Chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come up with a justification for the deployment of Syrian militants to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone to support the war against Armenia. According to him, at least 2,000 fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party …

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-10-30). The Scary Truth is Many Senate Dems Share the Same Corporate Agenda as Amy Coney Barrett. counterpunch.org On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court to succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died one month earlier. But Senate Republicans blocked his nomination on the grounds that it was too close to the presidential election, which was then seven months away. Four and a half years later,

Staff (2020-10-30). "Fighting for Democracy": Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression & Why Georgia Could Go Blue. democracynow.org As the 2020 campaign enters its final days, we go to Georgia, where two Senate seats are up for grabs and both Republican incumbents face stiff opposition. Joe Biden is also spending significant time in the state, which no Democratic presidential candidate has won since 1992. "Georgia is truly in play," says Emory University professor Carol Anderson. "We have had grassroots organizing and mobilizing, registering folks to vote, working through getting through all of the voter suppression barriers to bring people out to the polls in unprecedented numbers." Anderson is the author of "One Person, No Vote: How Voter S…

Nadda Osman (2020-10-30). Syrians forced into cages to queue for bread. middleeasteye.net Syrians forced into cages to queue for bread | The photos have highlighted the deteriorating economic situation faced by many Syrians | Fri, 10/30/2020 – 11: 35 | The images have sparked anger online, with the situation described as dehumanising and humiliating (Screengrab/Twitter) | Photos of people in Damascus being forced to wait in iron cages to queue for bread have sparked condemnation online. | Th…

Nadda Osman (2020-10-30). Saudi G20 banknote angers India by depicting independent Kashmir. middleeasteye.net Saudi G20 banknote angers India by depicting independent Kashmir | New note, which celebrates G20 summit, has been criticised by New Delhi and reignited conversations about administration of territory | Fri, 10/30/2020 – 16: 25 | Banknote has caused controversy online (Screengrab/Social media) | A new 20 riyal note issued by Saudi Arabia to commemorate the kingdom's presidency of the G20 has sparked cont…

Eric A. Gordon (2020-10-30). Battleground Arizona critical for White House and Senate races. peoplesworld.org "I never expected to be here," says Mark Kelly, running in Arizona for U.S. Senate against sitting GOP Sen. Martha McSally. "Gabby was always the member of Congress in the family, and the person who taught me everything I know about how to use policy to improve people's lives." Gabby is, of course, Gabrielle Giffords, …

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-30). The Sudan-Israel "Peace Deal: Lots of Behind-the-Scenes Maneuvering. globalresearch.ca The Sudanese-"Israeli" peace deal isn't a spontaneous act of reconciliation like it's misportrayed by some as being but the result of lots of behind-the-scenes maneuvering including last year's military coup and recent reports that Saudi Arabia will secretly pay Sudan's …

Scott Ritter (2020-10-30). Biden Can't Abandon US Oil Industry. thealtworld.com The challenges confronting US democracy in the upcoming presidential election are very real. With a genuine risk of post-election violence, the country's unbroken history of a peaceful transition of power may have run its course. The challenges facing the victor will also be enormous, running a broad gamut of domestic and foreign policy issues that will remain the same regardless of who wins. Energy security will be near the top of this list, given its dual characteristic as a domestic and foreign policy matter, and the critical role it plays in the economic health of both the US and the world. President Donald T…

Adriana Salvatierra (2020-10-30). "Now We Can Continue the Revolution in Bolivia" zcomm.org Former senate president Salvatierra told Jacobin how the restored MAS government can undo the damage caused by last year's coup — and set Bolivia back on the path to social transformation…

news.un (2020-10-30). Women the 'driving force' for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief. news.un.org The UN deputy chief has underscored the importance of the full and comprehensive implementation of Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement, to enable sustainable and resilient communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

_____ (2020-10-30). Can You Smell What the Chinese Are Cooking? strategic-culture.org Less than a week before the game-changing U.S. presidential election, the real heart of the geopolitical and geoeconomic action is virtually invisible to the outside world. | We're talking about the fifth plenum of the 19th Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee, which started this past Monday in Beijing. | The plenum congregates the 200 members — and another 100 alternate members — of the civilization-state's top decision-making body: the equivalent, in Western liberal democracy terms, of the Chinese Congress. | The outline of what will be the 14th Chinese Five-Year-Plan (2021-2025) will be…

news.un (2020-10-30). Cà¥te d'Ivoire: Conduct election in 'a peaceful manner' — UN chief. news.un.org On Friday, the eve of the presidential election in Cà¥te d'Ivoire, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for all Ivorians to ensure that the polls are "conducted in a peaceful manner".

Raven Geary (2020-10-30). 'We Feel Like We're Responsible for Waukegan'. progressive.org Relatives of Marcellis Stinnette, a Black teenager killed by a police officer in Waukegan, Illinois last week, are calling for peace and justice.

Staff (2020-10-30). WH Chief of Staff Allegedly Gave Taxpayer Funds to Wife's Friend's Campaign. truthout.org White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appears to have tapped into federal resources to help a friend of his wife's raise money for her campaign to fill his congressional seat, government records show. | The revelation sharpens questions that election law experts raised in Salon's previous report on Meadows' possible use of tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses after announcing he would not seek re-election, a crime that earned prison time for former Rep. Duncan H…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-30). In Bid to Beat 'Public Health and Economic Crises,' Senate Dems Urge Utilities to Suspend Shutoffs During Pandemic. commondreams.org "Minority and low-income families who have disproportionately borne the brunt of the current economic crisis are particularly at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-10-30). Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS), New Momentum in the Development of Trade and Investment. globalresearch.ca On October 28, the BRICS Business Council (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) during the forum reviewed its joint work for the previous years, discussed at length current business issues and, in particular tried to choose a path for …